Alexandria, VA - June 22, 2010
The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) today announced its endorsement of Gerry Purcell's candidacy for Georgia Insurance Commissioner. A nationally recognized, leading expert in health care transparency, Gerry Purcell has been instrumental in helping local employers and state governments save millions of dollars, especially in pharmacy costs. John Sherrer, PD, NCPA executive committee member and pharmacy owner in Marietta, GA, issued the following statement: "NCPA is strongly endorsing Gerry Purcell to be the next Georgia Insurance Commissioner. He is in a crowded Republican field that holds its primary on July 20th with the general election on November 2nd. Gerry has a stellar track record of bringing greater transparency to health care at the local and national levels, which makes him ideally suited to this elected office in Georgia. "He understands the importance of free market solutions and the need to resist forces that can unnecessarily prevent patients from being able to choose the physician or pharmacist of their choice. Over the years he has worked tirelessly with NCPA, an association of approximately 23,000 independent community pharmacy owners across America and more than 700 in Georgia, to shine a spotlight on the questionable business practices of pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs). "Gerry is a leading voice for PBM industry reform, and as a small business owner he understands the challenges faced by small businesses like local community pharmacies and other health care providers. Gerry also recognizes the value of keeping health care dollars and jobs in Georgia, not sending them off to out-of-state mail order facilities. He is ideally suited to bring about effective leadership and common-sense changes that will benefit Georgians whether they are from urban or rural parts of the state. "By pushing for fairness on behalf of patients, plan sponsors and pharmacies, Gerry has saved millions of dollars that otherwise would have been lost. The good people of Georgia will get a champion devoted to strengthening the bond between health care providers and patients by creating greater efficiency, more choice and privacy. Gerry Purcell is clearly the best choice for Georgia Insurance Commissioner." In response to the endorsement, Gerry Purcell issued the following statement: "I am honored to receive the endorsement of NCPA. We have hundreds of community pharmacists providing exceptional care throughout Georgia, and especially in many of our rural areas. It is easy to understand why community pharmacists are among America's most trusted professionals—they know and care for their patients, and they are vested in the communities where they live and work. I will continue to fight to protect the right of Georgians to choose the community pharmacy of their choice. I will also work to unleash the full potential of local pharmacies to help us lower the costs of health care through medication therapy management programs that save taxpayers and employers money."
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